Coast Guard to honor local heroes

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to present Public Service Awards to the crews of the ferry vessel J.J. CALLIS, the Orient Fire Department, public safety dispatchers from Southold Police Department, and a Plum Island paramedic in a ceremony at the Riverhead Fire Department on Tuesday, May 1.

The honorees will be recognized for their successful efforts in rescuing three fishermen in the vicinity of Orient Point on the evening of April 14, 2018.

At approximately 7 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received a report from Southold Police Department dispatchers of three fishermen who had gone overboard when their vessel struck a rock. Sector Long Island Sound issued an urgent marine information broadcast and crewmembers of the J.J. CALLIS and Orient Fire Department, quickly responded and safely rescued all three fishermen.

All three survivors plan on being in attendance at the ceremony to show their gratitude to the first responders.

The J.J. CALLIS is a ferry operating between Orient Point and Plum Island.

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